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Today’s topic: Week 3 waiver targets.
1. Rondale Moore, Cardinals, WR (34% rostered in Yahoo)
Your toddler after ingesting two juice boxes and a bag of gummy bears. That’s the boundless energy Moore possesses. His quick-twitch, shot-out-of-a-cannon explosiveness and multidimensionality are nearly uncontainable. Utilized in various packages and deployed on more than just horizontal routes within Arizona’s Air Raid system, he’s rapidly emerging as an indispensable weekly WR3/FLEX option in 12-team leagues. If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon, buy a ticket now before it leaves the station and has you sucking exhaust. Whether working in the slot or outside, the youngster is the definition of a “matchup nightmare.” Exchanging salutations with clawless Jacksonville in Week 3, he’s someone to acquire immediately. Shell out an extra dollar or three. (FAAB on $100 budget: $16-$20)
2. Michael Carter, Jets, RB (50% rostered in Yahoo)
The Jets are again a smoldering pile. After a dreadful four-pick performance by Zach Wilson against Bill Belichick and New England — everyone saw that one coming — this franchise has miles to go in order to shed its punching bag label. Head coach Robert Saleh, a Kyle Shanahan disciple, is an ardent RBBC supporter, but on a club without proven playmakers, Carter is the kindling needed. On 13 touches against New England, he rolled up 88 combined yards to easily out-gain cohorts Ty Johnson and Tevin Coleman. His versatility, bounce and escapability are plus attributes. Due to the scheme, Carter is unlikely to command 70-plus percent of the opportunity share. However, he can land steadily in the 13-15 touch range. Unblemished Denver, the Jets’ Week 3 opponent, isn’t cheesecloth on defense. Still, with more forgiving Tennessee and Atlanta on the horizon, the rookie is worth grabbing and stashing in shallow formats. (FAAB: $12-$16)
3. Jalen Reagor, Eagles, WR (28% rostered in Yahoo)
Written off after bombing a conditioning test at the onset of training camp, Reagor plummeted in drafts or was circumvented completely. Two games in, however, the sophomore receiver could morph into an early season sensation after a 6-49-1 line against San Francisco. Most encouragingly, he has lured 11 targets, a meaningful workload for a receiver with a friendly upcoming schedule. When the dust settles on the season, DeVonta Smith should lead Philly in receiving yards, but Reagor isn’t your rudimentary sidekick. Given Jalen Hurts’ soaring confidence and a pair of delightful matchups on the docket (at Dallas and vs. Kansas City), the former TCU standout enters into the weekly FLEX conversation in 12-team leagues. (FAAB: $11-$15)
4. James Washington, Steelers, WR (3% rostered in Yahoo)
The menacing injury imp is merciless. On the last play of Sunday's loss to the Raiders, Diontae Johnson caught a desperation pass, scurried to the sidelines and slumped to the ground clutching his knee. Helped off the field after time expired, he’s a likely Week 3 casualty. If he’s indeed sidelined, Washington elevates to three-WR sets. Yes, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Chase Claypool will remain primary options, but the veteran has played admirably when given opportunities. Last season, when logging at least 60 percent of team snaps, Washington crossed the 11-fantasy point PPR threshold three times in four games. Locking horns with division rival Cincinnati this Sunday, he is worth consideration for those with limited receiving options. (FAAB: $7-$11)
5. Taylor Heinicke, Washington, QB (5% rostered in Yahoo)
As witnessed in a pair of career starts (vs. Tampa Bay in the 2020 wild-card round; Week 2 vs. the Giants), Heinicke isn’t some random, off-brand backup who’s merely under center to patch a leak. Far from replacement level, he’s an intriguing long-term prospect with immediate top-15 fantasy appeal. His 8.0 average depth of target may turn overly critical viewers away, but he’s posted a laudable 82.8 adjusted completion percentage and totaled 458 passing yards and three TDs in roughly six quarters. Though not shown in the Fightin’ Footballs’ late-game takedown of the Giants last Thursday, he’s also an opportunistic runner who usually chips in 15-20 rush yards per game. Surrounded by excellent weapons and with exploitable matchups ahead (e.g. Week 4 at Atlanta and Week 6 vs. K.C.), he may soon graduate from the stream-only ranks. (FAAB in single-QB leagues: $3-$6)
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